What does Lucasfilm’s decision to pullout of the Grady Ranch project mean for the North Bay economy? A lot. Lucasfilm has been the iconic company headquartered in Marin County. They put Marin on the map and sent a message to other companies that you could start and grow a business in the county. With Lucas deciding that pursuing the final part of his master plan that he started decades ago was not worth the brain damage of dealing with regulatory agencies that throw a wrench in the works at the last minute, neighbors who want to do anything to delay the project and are willing to drag it through the courts for years and the uncertainty of how long and how much, who can blame George Lucas from throwing in the towel? A quality company with a model project will be welcomed ANYWHERE but not Marin. Marin has lost its chance for high-paying jobs, jobs that represent the future and would have been perfect for our talented young people. And the people of Marin have lost a lot of money in terms of taxes and the multipliers that a thriving business like Lucasfilm produces.
Losing Grady Ranch is a wake-up call. Let’s get over the shock of the loss and work together to prevent losing another Grady Ranch. It is time for reform of the California Environmental Quality Act to stop these abuses. It is time for tort reform so lawsuits aren’t frivolous. And it is time for anyone who cares about the future of Marin County, to support our local businesses and work with them to create and save jobs. George Lucas is reminding us that businesses have a choice. And his choice is to walk away and take all that he has to offer someplace where they will appreciate it. After all he’s been through, who could blame him?